For the reason that loss of life of drummer Neil Peart, Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been very selective about how and after they carry out collectively. However one factor of significance had them again taking part in collectively Tuesday evening (Sept. 27) in Los Angeles after they united for the second time to play the second of two Taylor Hawkins tribute live shows.
Whereas nobody might ever exchange Peart within the minds of Rush followers, this particular live performance gave Lee and Lifeson an opportunity to carry out a trio of traditional Rush tracks with three of the highest fashionable rock drummers – Dave Grohl, Chad Smith and Danny Carey.
The set began with an intro from Jack Black, who famous the exceptional lineup of performers who got here out to salute Hawkins. “What an unimaginable present, what an unimaginable tribute to a fantastic man,” acknowledged Black, who then recalled two earlier experiences watching Hawkins on the Kia Discussion board – one during which he furiously performed for Dave Grohl’s birthday bash and a second the place he was simply an viewers member loving each minute of watching Rush’s efficiency. With that, Black launched Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, the dwelling members of the band.
“Thanks, it is a privilege to be right here,” acknowledged Geddy Lee to the group, earlier than kicking off the “2112 Half I: Overture” with Dave Grohl on drums and The Hen and the Bee’s Greg Kurstin serving to out on keyboards. That led into a fast swap behind the equipment, as Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith confirmed his nimble drumming abilities dealing with the Rush music “Working Man.”
Earlier than the ultimate portion of their three-song set, Lee addressed the group stating, “I might identical to to forged again to a second in time, 2008, after we had been contacted by the Foo Fighters, to see if we’d go all the way down to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and play Taylor Hawkins favourite music with him onstage. That was the start of fairly a fantastic friendship. So in honor of that and in honor of our personal misplaced brother … we would wish to convey out Danny Carey to play ‘YYZ.'” And the Instrument drummer then took his activate the Rush traditional and fan favourite.
These had been the identical three tracks the band carried out at London’s Wembley Stadium, although Grohl and Omar Hakim dealt with drumming duties for that efficiency.
Followers will probably do not forget that it was Hawkins and Grohl who had the honors of inducting Rush into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, and a long-term friendship has continued ever since.
Lee and Lifeson additionally dusted off a few of their Rush materials simply final month when they appeared with members of Primus and the creators of South Park onstage to have a good time the long-running animated Comedy Central present’s twenty fifth anniversary. For that present, they performed “Nearer to the Coronary heart.”
See footage of Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson taking part in a trio of songs with Dave Grohl, Danny Carey and Chad Smith on the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Live performance in Los Angeles, shot and shared on-line by Saffron Gold Leisure, LLC.
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